Why Florida-bred?

From Ocala/Marion County's Thoroughbred farms and training centers, to major bloodstock auctions and the excitement of racing at three racetracks and ITW simulcasting, Florida has it all! 

Florida is home to some 600 Thoroughbred farms and training centers, with more than 75 percent of these located near Ocala in Marion County. Ocala is also home to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company, which stages major bloodstock auctions throughout the year. OBS also operates an ITW simulcasting theater and each March hosts the annual Week of Champions races.

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association is also located in Ocala. The FTBOA administers the $15-million state breeders' incentive program and is responsible for promoting the Florida Thoroughbred industry.

The concentration of the Thoroughbred breeding and training industry in the Ocala/Marion County area is strongly supported by a network of equine services, such as veterinarians, feed and tack retailers, blacksmiths, equine dentists, and major horse transportation companies.

All these factors make Ocala one of only four major Thoroughbred breeding and training centers in the world.

A Look at the Equine Industry's Impact on Marion County, Florida

“Horse Capital of the World,”™

Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,”™ Ocala/Marion County is home to Thoroughbred breeding and training farms, covering more than 70,000 acres of Florida’s prime, mineral-rich pastures. Since 1945, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) has represented the Thoroughbred industry by administering awards programs for Florida-Bred racehorses and promoting the industry to the rest of the country and the world. More than 1,500 members strong, FTBOA is active in pertinent issues facing the local and national Thoroughbred industries.

Marion Home to Many Breeds

Grow Florida - America’s Thoroughbred Capital: Farther South Than You Think

2018 Equine Economic Impact - Florida

Additional Florida Industry Resources

Visit the CEP Equine Website Portal  at http://thehorsecapital.com/

Finding the Perfect Training Track property - Courtesy of Showcase Properties of Central Florida


2015 Seminole Gaming Compact with the State of Florida

2015 Number of Florida Foals Up Again

Economic Impact Studies

Horse Big Biz in Marion County


Promote the Industry Share our Stats and Success

Florida Economic Impact – Thoroughbreds


Florida Economic Impact – All Equine


Florida Economic Impact – By Sector

Economic Impact Study presentation 2016

2015 CEP Marion County Equine Economic Impact Study

2015 CEP Press Release on Marion County Equine Economic Impact Study

2014 Florida Horse Racing Economic Impact Study

Industry Videos

2015 Florida Thoroughbred Industry Video

A Florida-bred - features 2014 Stakes Winners commercial

Sunny Florida Produces Champions from Start to Finish commercial

Champions Through History

Promoting Florida thoroughbreds Internationally – Ireland Trip 2015

Additional Resources

Racing Strong in the U.S.

“Boosted by a growing economy, a second Triple Crown winner, continued growth of racing’s big days and a full year operating under the new tax withholding and reporting regulations, 2018 proved to be a strong year for horse racing” said Alex Waldrop, President & CEO of the NTRA. “It is worth noting that total handle topped $11 billion for first time since 2010 and at 3.3%, growth in handle was the largest since 2000. Perhaps most intriguing were the per race day increases of 6.58% in handle and 6.81% in purses despite fewer races and race days.” – NTRA President & CEO Alex Waldrop

Elite Equestrian – Economic Impact by the Numbers 2015  

JOCKEY CLUB – Florida Fact Book Resource Guide

Florida breeding on the rise by Cynthia McFarland

Florida Foal Crop up 2nd straight year – Foals of 2013

Florida Remains # 2 in numbers of Stallions, Mares Bred

Florida Champion Roman Brother becomes a Chamber of Commerce memberHome of Champions

Florida’s Thoroughbred farms and training centers have produced 50 National Champions 6 Kentucky Derby winners 7 Preakness Stakes winners 6 Belmont Stakes winners 26 Breeders’ Cup champions 6 Horses of the Year

(Left) Florida Champion Roman Brother becomes a Chamber of Commerce member

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